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problems with this proposal, this is they're going to go on medicare earlier, which will cost money. they won't be paying taxes 'cause they're not working. but the -- this has budgetary problems way more than what's been analyzed. broadly speaking again, to your point, if you take tarp money and make it a magic slush fund and pay people to join the army $100,000, that would lower the unemployment rate. >> it's going to cost you more money to take a job away from someone who is around that age than it is to keep them in their job. these people need this job to make rent. they are not dead weight. so this notion of retiring them early so that some young person who can live at home and be taken care of by his parents is better for our economy is crazy. >> last word. >> it's a voluntary program. it's not a matter of getting rid of dead wood. it's only people who are willing and ready to leave the work force. those people who are ready to leave ought to be given an incentive so that perhaps a younger worker who is going to be paying into the system can have a shot. >> kucinich is over 60
the costs of medicare and medicaid and it won't cost anybody anything. that's great politics. it's just not true. so there's got to be some test of realism in any of these proposals, mine included. i've got to hold myself accountable. i guarantee the american people will hold themselves -- will hold me accountable if what i'm selling doesn't actually deliver. >> mr. president, a point of clarification, what's in the better solutions book are all the legislative proposals. >> i understand that. i've actually read your bills. >> that were offered throughout 2009. >> i understand. >> rest assured, the summary document you've received is backed up by precisely the kind of detailed legislation that speaker pel owes y and your administration have been busy ignoring for 12 months. >> wait. hold on a second. no, no, no, no, no. hold on a second. you know, mike, i've read your legislation. i mean, i take a look at this stuff. and the good ideas, we take. but here is the thing -- here is the thing, i guess, that all of us have to be mindful of. it can't be all or nothing, one way or the other. yo
insurance plans pay under part d of medicare for prescription drugs. they are taking advantage of their purchasing power. and we're relying on private insurers committee are' competition in part d of medicare, it isn't as effective as the v.a. which does take advantage of its market power. let me just talk for a moment on a private insurance. we rely on private insurance here. it's for-profit insurance. i think it leads to much higher health care costs. private insurers, obviously by definition, they have to make a profit. in addition to that they engage in marketing, they also engage in what we call medical understood writing, they have to hire a lot of actuaries to make sure that they're not taking on people who are too expensive. these are all very costly things. so that raises the price of private insurance. in addition, as i said, they don't have as much bargaining power so they also can't keep their prices low by taking advantage of the consolidated power that i'm talking about. so you might ask, why do we allow private insurance to have quasi-monopoly and the answer is t
for medicaid and medicare is of such services. >> the morning. i am susan dencer. happy new year and welcome to our briefing on the national health spending numbers. this is a ritual at the centers for medicare and medicaid services as well as for health affairs to bring out these spending numbers every year, and we are delighted to be able to do that once more. this year we have a historic set of numbers to help cms actuaries and other members unveiled. as you were here and perhaps already read, who have had a historic slowdown in the rate of health spending, the slowest rate of growth in 50 years. of course, the other side of the story is that health spending still grew faster than the overall economy, so we are not out of our long-term trajectory of health-care spending growth continuing to outpace the growth in the gross domestic product. with no further ado, i am going to turn it over to our five panelists to present the data further. you will be hearing from mika hartmann, a statistician in the health statistics group. he works primarily on historical and age-based national health esti
some money. that's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some of what medicare doesn't... so you could save up to thousands of dollars... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit... and medicare guide. if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you choose your doctor. you choose your hospital. there are no networks and no referrals needed. help protect yourself from some of what medicare doesn't cover. save up to thousands of dollars... on potential out-of-pocket expenses... with an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. call now for your free information kit... and medicare guide and find out... how you could start saving. >>> we're back. you're watching msnbc. cindy mccain says she is okay with same-sex marriage. so much so she posed for this ad. it's a challenge to propositio
about the condition of social security and of medicare, both teetering the tremendous federal deficit that seems to be getting bigger and bigger and wondering, how in the world we are going to pay for this. >> you raise an extremely important point. a bit of history, and then my sense of what is next. at the beginning of 2009, it was theç general judgmentç of çeconomists, conservatives, moderates, liberals, economists all across the political spectrum that there was a real prospect our country could have had aç depressionú prospect of deflation. it said there wasç an argument then for stimulusç legislation. you can debate whether it should have included this or that or something else, but there was a consensus that some stimulus was needed. çnow, certainly, many months later, we wake up and our government owns a car companyt( an insurance company, an investment house, and people are çsaying, excuse me? what is next? çgivenç all of these deficits? and i do believe that it isççe for the government to put in place something of an exit strategy soç that, in some
. in 2002 under the employee initiative the centers for medicare and medicaid services began publicly reporting quality information on nursing-home nationally on their web site. this was followed a year later by a similar effort in the home health arena. simultaneously there have been demonstration products by medicare in home house and skilled nursing facilities. state medicaid agencies have begun experimenting with a for performance in the nursing-home setting. the question is how these current market-based reforms address these broad goals of long-term care. in theory these reforms are perfectly compatible with these goals of improving quality of life and reducing fragmentation and increasing community-based services but there are several key attributes of these market-based reforms that may limit their effectiveness in this regard. the first limitation is current market-based reforms tend to rely on narrowly defined clinical quality measures. this tends to reinforce a medical model of care which pays more attention to clinical quality than issues related to quality of life and a c
welfare bear a very large burden to add those additional medicare recipients. nebraska has been let off the hook in the senate version. it is unfair. we think it is unconstitutional. >> greta: would you be more favorable if nebraska get the special deal? >> greta, i don't think it is up to the ag's to get into the public policy of good health care. i think it is our job to point out, on behalf of the states, legal problems with it. we feel strongly that discriminating against 49 states in favor of nebraska, just to get a 60th vote is not an expenditure on a rational basis. >> greta: your letter to the speaker and senate majority leader dated december 30th. i take it you have not gotten a response yet, is that right? >> we have not yet, no. senator nelson did contact one of us and said call often dogs we'll do something about this. >> greta: he contacted the south carolina ag; is that right? >> correct. >> greta: in the event the final bill agreed upon between the house and the senate has that special deal for nebraska, do you intend to file a lawsuit? if so, against whom? >> there will
. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. and what it doesn't cover can cost you some money. that's why you should consider... an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. it can help cover some pd what medicare doesn't... so you could save up to thousands of dollars... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit... and medicare guide. if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you choose your doctor. choose your hospital. and no referrals needed. there are no networks help protect yourself from some of what medicare doesn't cover. save up to thousands of dollars... on potential out-of-pocket expenses... with an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. call now for your free information kit... and medicare guide and find out... how you could start saving. >>> get to our "strategy session," helly rosin, a cnn political contributor and eric eri
to the president's bill, but asked in return for some relief of the reimbursement under medicare to the physicians elimination of this flawed formula that year after year after year forces the doctors to take these deep cuts so that they can't -- literally can't afford to continue to see medicare patients and of course the request, mr. speaker, at that particular meeting back in chicago probably last may or june of 2009 that there be some meaningful medical liability tort reform. the c.b.o., in fact, estimated that that would save $54 billion. just that one issue would save $54 billion. the c.b.o. says over 10 years, mr. speaker, i respectfully suggest that's a most conservative estimate on their part. i think it would be $54 billion each and every year over the next 10 years. but in any regard, i am blessed tonight to be joined by a number of the members of the g.o.p. doctors' caucus, and we're going to talk about the main theme of tonight, and that is the issue of transparency. and i want to get into that in just a second. nothing could be more important, particularly at this point, this 11th ho
to more commons. for example, with the healthcare, it is medicare and medicaid going bankrupt. if you brought in as the private insurers are able to jury began bring in healthy individuals to medicare -- are able to bring in and cherry pick healthy individuals -- perhaps a sliding scale -- it could bring healthy individuals paying full premiums into medicare to balance out the expenses we have now to pay for 65 and over. as you get older more medical bills. i would be interested to see c- span have some accountant or actuarial come in to run the numbers that exist for the private health insurers and have them make their profits. how to make medicare at a fee. host: banks, we will go at this point because we will have an hour-long later on health care. today concerning the senate, your view, the independent line from anderson, indiana. caller: it is truly disgusting after the display of the health care fiasco you have seen. the conservative an element is tearing up the fabric of democracy. after watching the sonia sotomayor confirmation hearings you have a 99 white guys who question pe
insurance company. it can help cover some of what medicare doesn't... so you could save up to thousands of dollars... in out-of-pocket expenses. call now for this free information kit... and medicare guide. if you're turning 65 or you're already on medicare, you should know about this card; it's the only one of its kind... that carries the aarp name -- see if it's right for you. you choose your doctor. you choose your hospital. there are no networks and no referrals needed. help protect yourself from some of what medicare doesn't cover. save up to thousands of dollars... on potential out-of-pocket expenses... with an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan... insured by united healthcare insurance company. call now for your free information kit... and medicare guide and find out... how you could start saving. >>> this hour on msnbc, it is a scene described by some as simply hell. thousands of dead left in the streets of haiti's capital. now those who are alive are trying to hold back desperation and tempers flaring as people cling to any source of food and water available.
medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses let me know. one of the criticisms the democrats have had of republicans you have no ideas and you are not helping, republicans say we are cut out of the deal, what is it? >> it is interesting he posed that question i had given a number of ideas in the direction that health care should take and unfortunately those ideas weren't incorporated. went into a different direction since i voted in the finance committee at that point hit considerable concerns but i thought it deserved continuing the process and seeing what we could do to bill the bridges. >> greta: seemed to be a couple layers in health care. one is substance. the second part is whether or not republicans are included in the discussion or not women? i talked to democrats they say republicans are obstructionists. republicans say they won't even include us. you have been in a unique position for a little while in december where you steam -- you seemed to be able to talk to democrats. are the republicans included in this discussion or not? >> they haven't been. they might have
medicare recipients at the current level -- >> no. >> no? 55 -- well, no, i understand. i mean, there's a grandfathering in. just for future agabeneficiarie. i want to make sure i'm not unfair to your proposal but point out i read it. the basic idea would be at some point we hold medicare cost percipient constant as a way of making sure that doesn't go way out of whack. >> a blend of inflation and health inflation. the point of our plan is, because medicare, as you know, is a $38 trillion unfunded liability. it has to be reformed for younger generations because it won't exist because it's going bankrupt. the prepgs of our idea is, why not give people the same kind of health care plan we here have in congress? that's the kind of reform we're proposing for medicare. >> look, look, as i said before this is an entirely legitimate proposal. the problem is twofold. one is that depending on how it's structured if recipients are suddenly getting a plan that has their reimbursement rates going like this but health care costs are still going up like that then over time the way we're saving mone
. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. patti ann: drunk in the cockpit? almost. a united airlines pilot pulled from london to chicago flight in november pleaded guilty in a british court to charges that he was above the legal but a call limit for flying a plane. fifty-one year old washington will be sentenced next month. remove from the flight
programs. the fastest growing parts won't be cut, including medicare, medicaid, social security, national security and veterans programs. listen to both sides' take on the freeze. >> the president will outline steps tomorrow, including freezing nonsecurity discretionary spending, spending that's almost doubled. >> the spending freeze is on an 84% increase he signed into law. the freeze is delayed one year so it's not fiscal discipline. >> according to the white house the freeze would save $250 billion over the decade. >> thank you very much. another busy week for president obama. tomorrow as caroline said he'll outline his budget for 2010 and attend a meeting for the olympics. tuesday he goes to new hampshire and wednesday meets with a bipartisan group of governors to discuss energy policy. thursday he'll will he liver re-- deliver remarks at the national prayer breakfast. >> president obama called jobs the number one focus for this year. later on he urged lawmakers to keep on trying for an agreement on healthcare. but is there bipartisan on either issue? is it really possible? >> what th
security. and medicare. people are worried about and no one is talking about. that is what the tea party is all about -- leave social security alone and leave medicare alone and if democrats tried to protect the -- protected, maybe they will keep the seats. but when they keep threatening $500 billion for medicare, 20 million illegal immigrants to get the jobs, they will let a problem. host: are you involved with the tea party or watching from the sidelines? caller: just watching from the sidelines but understand our point. to many people doing our jobs -- nobody wants to talk about illegal immigration. the president is turning his back on it and people are fed up, especially when they talk about social security and medicare. i am a baby boomer. my wife will be caught -- retire pretty soon. we are waiting for this and a lot of people feel the same way. host: doris is watching us from chicago on the democrats' line. caller: he did not mention anything about a 40,000 people who die every year who did not have health insurance. massachusetts told the people of the country, the only state tha
insurance and effort to fix the earlier cuts to doctors under medicare, all of which can add to costs but are not counted. >> we believe the american people need to understand that then the cost to government state and federal is $2.1 trillion. >> perhaps we should call this the mark mcgwire bill. why? because spending is on steroids and there is no transparency. >> the president wasn't at the meeting the entire time but the meeting went on for hours as the democrats struggled to find common ground between the house and senate. new york democrat charles rangel says the democrats are facing serious problems on both sides of the capital. getting a bill passed at all. tomorrow, the president will try to improve the chances by going to capitol hill to make a personal plea to all house democrats. bret? >> bret: okay. we'll stay on it. jim, thank you. we will look at the effect of the haiti earthquake and the u.s. response when the fox all-stars join me after the break. ooo >>> this is a time when we're reminded of the common humanity that we all share. with just a few hundred miles of ocea
, it will raise taxes, it will hurt medicare, it will destroy jobs and run our nation deeper into debt. >> welcome back to "hardball" live from doyle's cafe in boston. what is that republican victory for scott brown in massachusetts mean? joining me now political analyst lawrence o'donnell. if you were back here advises these senators, how auto would you do it? >> my advice was always confidential. i don't see any way you go forward from here with health care. now i'm not saying they can't do it. i've run bills through the senate in reconciliation. i've done them without reconciliation that needed 60-vote thresholds to get over. i know every procedure that's available now. i don't know one that can work. within the reconciliation procedure, what everyone always forgets that every single day, usually several times a day, there are 60 vote thresholds that you have to clear. these are parliamentary procedural thresholds that get thrown inside the reconciliation process and, yes, you only need 51 at the end and you don't need a closure vote to get to that 51, but you have several procedural votes that
to the mayo clinic in arizona? i knew you didn't know. they said, we're not taking any medicare patients anymore because the government's payments are too low. now, other mayo clinic may follow, may not. but seniors, rightfully so, are very nervous about obama care cutting back on their medicare payments. so they're going to lash out at anybody supporting obama care. i'll give you the last word. go. >> they want medicare advantage, most seniors. aarp said medigap. the premium does the same thing, fills in the blank that medicare leaves. but it's more expensive in terms of the premium. so those people who are opposed to obama care are suggesting that what aarp did was a play to enrich their coffers from their insurance industry. but i think that more importantly, this is the biggest political phenomenon -- >> 15 seconds. >> the populous rage that has now caused dorgan in north dakota and dodd in connecticut to say they're retiring, i think that is the biggest political story right now, the first quarter of 2010. after that i think how that plays out will be how the futures of the parties
senator ben nelson? apparently he is asking for money for his state that would be used for medicare and he's asking not to take it anymore? guest: this was done essentially to get senator nelson's vote. it was to expand federal funding for medicare in nebraska. some said great, but what about our state? senator nelson took a lot of heat for this. he's a conservative leaning democrat in a strongly republican state. he's gone around the state and done all kinds of ads to explain his position, and finally he said to senator reed, let's take this off the table. he said let's give it to all states or take it out entirely. host: wlats going on in massachusetts -- with what's going on in massachusetts, how long until he could be sworn into the senate? guest: this is a matter of contention. you haveçó democratic-leaning officials in massachusetts saying it may take two weeks to officially process the win. thers÷ tradition in the senate it is not disputed, you get that person in there as quickly as possible. i can bet republicans would be crying foul if democrats tried to string this out and lea
-span. finally, i believe the way out of this health-care mess is to open up medicare, certainly to page 55, and allow the medicare to cherry pick help the citizens such as myself. i pay $7,000 out of pocket every year. i've only used $700 in health insurance. there would be left over profit that could go to medicare. the must be millions who would not use their health care if medicare would open. we don't have to be in the shark tank with private insurers who would deny claims. host: and then they'll, virginia. on the democrats' line. caller: good morning. i think this is pathetic that c- span is sending letters out. i did not ever remember when c- span ever sent a letter during the bush administration. obama said that, yes. he said from the white house. i remember john mccain, both parties, and all -- every other health institution was there to discuss what was going on. if you see the level of people calling, the intellectualism has drastically dropped. the guests invited over at c- span and his supporters and the people who comment always spew their venomous about partisan shship which
in afghanistan at large? answers, next. who need assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. patti ann: this is a "fox news alert," new video into "america's newsroom" from a taliban attack in the afghan capital. watch what came they've salts from an overseas news agency. >> taking positions on rooft
, medicare, medicaid, and defense spending. we're going to make any impact on the budget, if we're going to make any impact on the deficit, somebody son capitol hill has to have a political courage to go after those untouchable things and no one will do it. >> my point would be -- let's forget about pelosi and let's not focus on her. let's focus on all people in government now. we're in a financial crisis. leadership is about setting the example. the example should be let's freeze all these perks. let's all sacrifice and let's start with our leaders. >> all right. i am not defending congressional perks. if you want to move the needle, start with the big stuff. >> i'm with you. >> i think that's pretty high. >> don't hit my bar tab. >> i was going to say, are you the first one to self sacrifice. if you thought the speaker's bar tab was outrageous. listen to this. >> the gate is closed, the fence is too high, we'll pole vault in. if that doesn't work, we'll parachute in. >> find out what the house speaker wants to parachute in and why it could send our economy into a free fall. it's coming
is not being debated openly and fairly. it will raise taxes, it will raise taxes, it will hurt medicare, it will destroy jobs, and run our nation deeper into debt. martha: fox news alert for you, we're awaiting a police conference in virginia following the arresting of a man suspected of gunning down eight people, the suspect eventually turned himself into the police early this morning after a horrific multiple shooting. these are from the scene in appomattox, 100 miles south of richmond, police believe that christopher speight spot and -- shotald killed eight people, investigators discovered three bodies inside a home, three more outside. we have a live report from the scene of that horrific crime. bill: in the meantime lawmakers launching new investigations into the failed christmas day bombing plot of this passenger jet into detroit, several congressional committees holding meetings on that, among them, the homeland security committee, and secretary napolitano is scheduled to testify. look there, screen left. lawmakers looking into the security lapses that allowed a nigerian suspect
. if you're over 65, have diabetes and are on medicare, call now and we'll send you a free meter. it offers alternate site testing, so you can test on your arm. no more pricking your fingers. so it's less painful. it makes a big difference. and to make it even less painful, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies may be covered by medicare. join over a million others who have chosen liberty medical. call now and get your free meter. plus, for a limited time, get a free cookbook when you join. call the number on your screen. >> neil: tune to massachusetts now. the fate of the senate race in the hands of voters. turn-out said to be twice the amount of the primaries. even foul weather not apparently keeping them away. what i love about this event is it gets the campaign karl cameron in full-throttle motion. he's in the thick of it all. the best at it. delighted to say he joins us now from boston. karl, what can you tell us? >> reporter: hi, neil. it's massachusetts. there aren't supposed to be elections in january in massachusetts. this is an historic special election to fill ted kennedy's
, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. >> the republican response was that the newly elected governor of virginia, bob mcdonald who said the government simply tried to do too much. he says americans want affordable health care but don't want uncle sam running it. he voiced concern about overall spending in washington. >> the amount of debt is on pace to double in five years and triple in 10. the federal debt is now over $100,000 per household. this is simply unsustainable. the president's partial phrase announced tonight on discretionary spending is a small one. the circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper limited role of government at every level. >> on social issues, the president said he would work with the military to end don't ask don't tell for gays this year. the republican senator john corning calls that "social engineering." back to you guys in new york. >> as you look at that shot right now -- >> of molly? >> as you look at the shot of the president of the
of medicare and capped out of pocket expenses. there is a range of things that will become law. when the president signs this bill, not in four years, but immediately. if we don't pass it, it will live as a negative caricature in people's minds. terrible mistake. >> here's my advice. it's worth what i give you. it's free and maybe it's worth that. it seems to me this administration is perceived to be activists when it comes to government. progressive, if you will. it believes in positive government. the only question will be the same in november. the voters know about your administration. do you believe about getting things done for the country? the only question is open to the voters. not whether you are progressive or not, but whether you are successful or not. you might as well go for it. you might as well. great to have you on. >> thank you. >> thank you for coming on "hardball." does scott brown's victory mean health care reform is dead or can the democrats keep it alive? let's talk about it with the go former governor of vermont, howard dean that started this years ago. you are
, you look at healthcare and they cut a half a trillion from medicare n massachusetts we have 98% of other people insured, why we would county medicare half a trillion, have longer lines, less coverage and subsidize other states. et cetera -- it's not good for massachusetts and people have lost faith in the process. there's no transparency and in in addition to homeland security it's resonating with the residents of massachusetts. >> bring me up speed. were you involved in then governor mitt romney's moves to establish state care, what was called state care, but to broaden healthcare coverage for all in massachusetts? >> i voted on it. it was a bipartisan evident. we were paying almost a billion dollar to the hospitals. >> the argument was that you contributed to something that now you're against? >> that's not true. they're interest different programs, what we have is a free market enterprise, providing insurance to people in massachusetts. ed the plans in washington are one size fits all that will cost almost a trillion plus dollars and raise taxes when we don't need it. why pa
of the volume of potential medicare recipients or poverty level or something involving health care in nebraska that was different, then that would be a different story on the constitutionality. that is what many states in the national legislation are not alter the say because there are distinctions and many times there is horse trading that goes on as we all know. there's always a reason given buried there is no reason given here except for the one i have recited and that is one we see as unconstitutional and is likely seen as many as a symbol of the excess as of the culture of corruption and excessive spending and fiscal irresponsibility in the congress. that is not addressed in this letter. what this letter addresses is the constitutionality of that one provision after we wrote the letter, the next day which was thursday, december 31, i received a telephone call from senator gramm saying that he had received a telephone call from senator ben nelson asking him to call the dogs of. senator graham suggested to senator nelson that he call me. he called me and asked what he could do to assure us
up your own rules. >> when they were trying to do the medicare -- >> unfortunately this is the time exposing it was a big mistake. >> sean: karen? >> it was bribery, wasn't it? >> sean: yeah it really was. >> republicans, it is ours to lose right now. november is ours to lose. the only thing that stans in the way between republicans and huge victory in november is republicans. only we stand in our way. all of obama's policies right now on the economy, what he's doing with the environmental protection agency it is going to ender job growth. if the president wants to take credit for jobs created or jobs saved, we should start making -- holding him accountable for jobs lost. this administration is going to cost america the epa is going to stan in the way of manufacturing in america. you know, -- >> this is -- republicans ought to say drill baby drill. dig a hole. natural gas. >> it goes beyond that what the epa is doing now the obama administration is playing a dangerous game america's economy. they are telling businesses okay fine you don't like cap and trade, if you don't we are goin
and they don't want to cut millions out of medicare and raising taxes. add failure of spending to keep the unemployment below 8% and you have the state set for massachusetts. if mr. obama doesn't seem to edge far enough to center, remember his base thinks he's gone too far already. >> bret: critics say this is a rhetorical foift pivot to th center and not one of substance. say there is substance behind it. do you think the address is as far as he's going to go? >> partly this was foretold before election in massachusetts. pivot to the economy. that was already in the work. the rest of the steps he's announcing, some are substantive. bill clinton didn't have the same burden to carry. he was not creature of the left that obama has been. he could venture farther without alienating the base. it's harder for obama. >> bret: we'll see. thank you. fox news coverage of the "state of the union" address begins at 8:55 p.m. eastern time on fox news channel. there are questions in one california community about whether one very important book should be kicked out of school. and questions about wh
was the one who gave seniors more prescription protection, i extended the life of medicare and capped out-of-pocket expenses. so there is a range of things that will become law. when the president signs this bill, not in four years, but immediately, we can campaign on. if we don't pass this bill it will live as a negative ka caricature in people's minds. >> here is my advice, it is free and maybe worth that. it seems this administration isser is sieved to be activist when it comes to government, progressive if you will. the only question and that question will be the same in november. the voters know that. do you believe trying to do good things at the federal level. the only question to the voters is not whether you are progressive or effective. if you succeed or not. >> right. >> you might as well go for it. thank you, david axelrod. >> thank you. >> thank you for coming on "hardball." >>> coming up, does scott brown's victory in massachusetts mean health care reform is dead or can the democrat come up with plan "b" to keep it alive. let's talk about it with howard dean, one of the guys
as to what's going to happen to the medicare advantage program. there are deals being made, as i understand, that are not going to have a program with the medicare advantage program. people are not being told what's going on, and that's the biggest concern. not knowing. the seniors have always had a bright outlook on our government, and i think that that is changing -- or has changed in this last two years because of the fact that we have people going behind closed doors, governor -- i mean pelosi, reid and obama, if they lived in the state of wisconsin, where we have what's called an open meeting law, they would be sued so fast they would not know what happened to them. i am so disappointed, along with my friends and neighbor s. i live -- i have a medicare advantage plan, and it's network health insurance. they are located in menash, wisconsin, in my back yard. they have taken care of their clientele, they're interested in our health issues. now, aarp is affiliated with united health, they are one of the biggest insurance companies in the united states. isn't it interesting, united health
spending. that means medicare, medicaid, social security, especially as the baby boom population retires. those numbers are will go right on you. this commission idea was intended to get at those entitlements and to get at the tax revenue to help close that gap of one third. and in order to be effective, it needed teeth. what the congress did today was to take the teeth out of it. that is not only a setback here, but will cause a lot of our foreign creditors to question are we going to pay our bills, or will we be forced to start raising interest rates? that would be very dangerous indeed. >> yeah, because the only other option is to raise taxes. there's not a great appetite to do that. if you're not going after the social security, medicare, medicaid or defense spending, which is sort of eliminated, that's where most of the money is. >> that's what willie sutton would say. he would have to go after entitlements, because that's where the money is, and that's why you rob banks, as he said, that's where the money was. i must tell you, on the eve of the president's state of the union addres
companies, insurance companies in this country, why can we not lower the medicare age. the president and nancy pelosi, harry reid, wire they doing backroom deals? i am not saying that all of the ideas on one side or the other are correct, they are not. but there are incremental things that to be done. if the democrats continue to do backroom deals, how will we ever get anything done? i am optimistic that the president finally got out there on friday. if he can do that, nancy pelosi -- whose family is from maryland -- host: father was the mayor of baltimore. caller: there is no working together. there's a lack of bipartisanship. host: "i am positive that wall street will steal more money from the workers and that obama will do nothing about it. our next caller is calling on the pessimistic line. caller: he sounded very pessimistic recently. there are many, as it was told in massachusetts. 150,000 people were on the rolls. my mother lived in tucson, ariz., and moved to california, now working in nevada. i received an early ballot like my niece, and she voted in nevada. everyone that sa
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that medicare does not go bankrupt and there's a way to charge people 5.25% and up, allow us to buy into medicare and pay the full premium. there's a lot of healthy people to pay into medicare and it would counter balance all the older people using medicare and gove)nment insurance, health insurance funds. harry reed let us down on the healthcare reform and there's way - europeans have a gas tax to pay for healthcare. we use 84 million barrels of oil in this country a day. we could pay for healthcare by putting a dollar a tax on gasoline and harry reed let us down by not walking the walk. count less hours on that issue as well. app)eciate your comments on senator reid. roy, republican line. you're on c-span. good morning. caller: i love my country and all it's people so much. i'm so tired of groups being pitted against each other. this is simple when you think about it. the people who support god given free will verses those that don't and you call in and they tell you what you should and shouldn't talk about. that makes my point right there. sir, you can talk about anything you wa
to freeze government spending for three years. spending related to our national security, medicare, medicaid, and social security will not be affected. but all other discretionary government programs will. like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't, and if i have to enforce this discipline by veto, i will. martha: as we have told you and has been much discussed, there's always been a lot of sniping about what would actually be included in that spending freeze and how much of a difference it would make. house speaker nancy pelosi in a very controversial move not long before the speech last night said she thinks that defense spending should be part of that spending freeze. congressman adam smith is on the house armed services committee and he joins us now. congressman, welcome, good to have you here this morning. >> thank you for having me, i appreciate it. martha: what did you think about the fact that the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, came out before the president spoke last night and said why not include defense sp
the paperwork, and medicare and my insurance covered the cost. we can work directly with medicare or with your insurance company. we can even help with financing. if there's a way, we'll find it! so don't wait any longer, call the scooter store today. creation coming out of capitol hill, already there are reports of two different camps forming, those who want to use wall street bailout cash to boost main street and those who want to leave that wall street money alone. steve forbes is the editor in chief of forbes magazine and author of "how capitalism will save us", hi steve. >> good to you with -- good to be with you, thank you. alisyn: what do you want the president to say about job creation? >> he won't say it but i'd love to have him say we're going to have a strong and stable dollar, put in the flat tax rate but in terms of if he wants to have government programs, how about removing barriers to building nuclear power plants, removing barriers to offshore drilling, and doing more on shore drilling with natural gas, those create high paying jobs and will also help our energy situation. alis
. when democratic leaders told the cbo they would raise taxes and cut medicare the cbo said that course of action would reduce the deficit by $132 billion. critics, however, are extremely sceptical. >> there are a number of things that make that i am plausibl ma. if you take that out of the equation it goes from being a small deficit reducer to a deficit increaser. >> that's known as the doctor fix and that alone would put the bill in the red. trace: the so-called doctor fix is a long standing issue. why isn't it in the healthcare reform bill. >> several reasons. it costs too much. this is an effort to undo one of congress' previous effort to reduce medicare spending. they worry cutting payments to doctor who treat medicare patients will reduce their access to care, not to mention getting lawmakers thrown out of congress. it was in the house and senate bills. fixing it would cost $200 billion over 10 years so they took it out. they still plan to do it, but won't pay for it. >> eventually you will have to do something that's longer term and the question is how will that be financed or li
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